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Forums Set for Keokuk Supt. Search

Keokuk residents have several opportunities to weigh in on the search for a new school superintendent.

The school board has hired Ray & Associates to help the district find a replacement for Doctor Lora Wolff.  She is stepping down to take a teaching position at WIU.

The Cedar Rapids-based firm will hold two public input sessions at the middle school on Tuesday.  The first will get underway at 12:00 P.M. while the second is scheduled for 5:30 P.M.

Those who cannot attend can provide input through a survey on the district’s website.

Ray & Associates will use the information collected to develop a candidate profile.  The firm is familiar with the district as it already handles Keokuk’s contract negotiations.

Keokuk School Board President Tyler McGhghy hopes to have a new superintendent in place by August.  The panel has bought itself some more time to do that as it agreed to extend Wolff’s contract by 30 working days.

That would allow her to help in the transition if a candidate is in place before the start of the school year.  Wolff’s last day on the job will now be August 13th.

The panel has also set the salary range for Keokuk’s next superintendent at around $155,000.  That is much higher than what the district offered Wolff and her predecessor: Jane Babcock.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.